Daniel Ricciardo has thanked Red Bull following confirmation he will drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso in F1 2012.
Ricciardo, who began the year as a test and reserve driver for STR - Red Bull's junior team, before he was loaned out to HRT for the second half of the season to gain more experience, added that joining the Faenza-based outfit was always his 'real goal'.
“This is a really big deal for me,” said the 22-year-old, who has come through the Red Bull Junior Driver programme, “and something I have wanted ever since I was driving for Toro Rosso on Friday mornings at the races in the first part of last season.
“To be honest, I am still jumping up and down with excitement at the news. In the second half of 2011 I learned a lot from the people I worked with, racing in eleven Grand's Prix and I want to thank them for the opportunity they gave me.
“I have to say that joining Scuderia Toro Rosso was always my real goal, so a big thank you to Red Bull for giving me this fantastic opportunity and now I can't wait to get to work once testing begins.”